New to Soccer?

Here is some information for those that are new to soccer.

Orangevale Offers

Orangevale offers soccer for all age groups in both recreational and competitive formats. See the Rec and Comp Age Groups matrices on the right side of the page.

Micro Soccer

The ARYSL Micro Soccer Program is a developmental soccer program for 5 through 8 year olds, where the kids learn by playing small-sided games of 4-a-side. The emphasis of the program is on FUN, and learning the basic skills (dribbling, passing and shooting) for soccer. 

Recreational Soccer

Our Recreational program (Rec) is available for everyone who wants to play. No prior experience necessary. There are no tryouts or pre-requisites. We try to keep players together on the same team each year. In the upper age groups, we try to keep the number of players balanced across teams to make them all competitive. As the children get older, the number of players on a team increases as they begin playing on larger fields and play longer games.

More about our Recreational Soccer program can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions. 

Competitive Soccer

Our competitive soccer program gives players an opportunity to play at a higher level than recreational play usually provides. Competitive soccer is by single-age group divisions (age-pure), for example, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Competitive teams play between 25 to 40+ games per season as opposed to recreational teams, which generally play 10 games per season. The additional games include tournaments and post season, District 6 and Cal North tournament type matches.

Additional information on this program can be found in our Competitive Soccer Manual



2016 Rec Age Groups

Teams are formed according to the age and gender of your child (6 and under teams are co-ed).  

Check your child’s birth year below to determine which age group he/she will play in.

2016 Age Group Birthdates: Age Matrix
       
                   
Age Group  
U19
U16
U14
U12
U10
U8
U6
Year of Birth
1998, 1999, 2000
2001, 2002
2003, 2004
2005, 2006
2007, 2008
2009, 2010
2011, 2012

2016 Comp Age Groups

2016 Age Group Birthdates for Competitive Teams: Age Matrix
       
                  
Age Group  
U19
 U18
U17
U16
U15
U14
U13
U12
U11
U10
U9
U8
Year of Birth
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
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